Food, music and dance from Latino, Caribbean and African traditions will fill Manchester's Veterans Park this Saturday. But there’s also a focus on engaging young people to get involved with their communities
One of Diego Cataño’s favorite parts of the We Are One festival is when the music starts, and different people are dancing to beats from around the world. Cataño's been organizing these festivals for 18 years and besides bringing people from all backgrounds together he's also talking with younger Latinos about leading community events like this one.
More than 120 people attended a forum on education funding in Newport on Tuesday night.
This is the second forum on education funding this year that Executive Councilor Andru Volinsky and attorney John Tobin have put on. Both were lawyers in the original cases that sued the state for adequate funding.
During their presentation, which drew attendees from nearly two dozen towns, they broke down differences in property taxes across the state and the percentages towns pay for education versus the state.
The Dunbarton school district had an extra million dollars in the budget, and that means some extra money for taxpayers.
A judge ruled last week the school district couldn't hold an emergency meeting about the excess funds. With that ruling, the excess funds will now go toward reducing the tax rate, but only for one year.
That means someone with a home assessed at $300,000 would see a decrease of about $1,000 in their taxes.
Clem Madden is the vice chairman of the school board.
"The accumulation of these funds took everyone by surprise," he said.
After a vote to break the tax cap, and then a reversal of that decision, the Franklin City Council Wednesday night finalized a school budget for the next year. But it still falls short of what the school board requested.
As Granite Staters watch this year's World Cup tournament, many from abroad are following their home teams closely. NHPR's Daniela Allee went to a Colombian bakery in Nashua Tuesday to talk with Colombians as their team took on England.
Vanessa Guerra said she woke up on Tuesday at 5 a.m. already thinking about the match.
She usually watches Colombia's World Cup games at home with her mom. When she's not there, she heads to Latin Bakery and Multiservice on Lowell Street.
Last March, a group of high school seniors in North Conway planned a school walkout after the Parkland shooting. More than 300 students showed up. But now those seniors have graduated, and summer’s right around the corner.
The question of how to keep the momentum going was at the forefront of these senior’s minds towards the end of the school year.
Their first step was to put on two voter registration drives in May. Their second was to pass on the leadership to underclassmen.
For the past six weeks, the Poor People’s Campaign has gathered in front of the Statehouse, calling attention to issues like racism, immigration and the environment.
But the next steps don't involve proposing specific policy changes.
“So we should impact the values of our country, and if we can impact the values of our state then we can see a change that’s reflected in public policy,” said Rev. Eric Jackosn, one of the campaign co-chairs.
It was standing room only in the lecture hall in Pittsfield Middle School. More than 100 people from Berlin, Franklin, Keene and elsewhere listened as Executive Councilor Andru Volinsky described the history of how the state has funded public education. The main topic was tension over how much money the state sends to local districts.
When he got to the list of lawsuits against the state on the issue, that's when hands started popping up.
A group of students at Kennett High School held the school's second voter registration drive on Friday. Getting young people registered to vote is how this group, known as Eagles for Action, is keeping the political momentum going from the aftermath of the Parkland school shooting.
Molly Robert is a senior at the high school, and on Friday morning she read the names of students and teachers who died at the school shooting last week in Santa Fe, Texas.